New Delhi, Aug 15: U Mumba will lock horns with Patna Pirates in match number 43 of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 at TransStadia, Ahmedabad on Friday (August 16).
After suffering two consecutive defeats, U Mumba bounced back and defeated Gujarat Fortunegiants in a one-sided contest. But they were edged by Bengal Warriors by two points.
Their captain Fazel Atrachali would be aiming to seek confidence from the win against Gujarat and the positives from the slender-margin defeat in their previous game. Mumba's defenders have made 57 successful tackles in 7 games but they would be hoping to be more alert.
Mumba's raiders haven't been too effective for they've had just 78 successful raids from 278 total raids. Abhishek Singh (30 successful raids in 6 games) has been the best raider for U Mumba and their second best raider is Arjun Deshwal with 18 successful raids.
U Mumba Starting 7: Abhishek Singh (R), Rohit Baliyan (R), Arjun Deshwal (R), Surender Singh (D), Fazel Atrachali (D), Sandeep Narwal (all-rounder), Young Chang Ko (D).
Pardeep Narwal's third Super 10 of the campaign and Neeraj Kumar's eight-tackle-point performance propelled Patna Pirates to a 41-20 victory over U.P. Yoddha in the previous game. They would be eager to continue the winning streak.
Three-time champions Patna have suffered three back-to-back defeats in the tournament. They were beaten by Haryana Steelers in their last game. Pardeep Narwal-led side is yet to claim a win in their home leg.
Pardeep Narwal - Patna's star raider - has made 53 successful raids but no other raider has complemented him in the raiding department. Monu, Jang Kun Lee, Mohammad Esmaeil have all been ineffective. This in turn is putting a lot of pressure on the defenders who are failing badly in the defence department as well.
Big names like Jaideep, Hadi Oshtorak, Vikas Jaglan and Mohammad Esmaeil Maghsoudlou are yet to live up to the expectations. Iran's Mohammad Esmaeil and South Korean Lee's form has become a concern for the coach, as well as for the captain.
Patna Pirates Starting 7: Pardeep Narwal (R), Jang Kun Lee (R), Monu (R), Jaideep (D), Neeraj Kumar (D), Hadi Oshtorak (all-rounder), Vikash Jaglan (all-rounder).